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The House on Ipswich Marsh: Exploring the Natural History of New England

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"In 2003, Bill Sargent bought a big pink house in Ipswich, Massachusetts. His home sits on what is known as the Great Marsh, a fascinating patch of wetland shared by Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Sargent received a grant to study some of the rare and endangered ground-nesting birds that inhabit the public land adjacent to his property. Ipswich Marsh is about these birds, but much else as well." Organized by the seasons of the year, The House on Ipswich Marsh features Sargent's trademark interplay of information about the natural world, ...
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Lebanon 2005 Hardcover 264 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. NATURAL HISTORY. A richly layered approach to millions of years of geological and cultural history ... in an unusual New England biosystem. In 2003, Bill Sargent bought a big pink house in Ipswich, Massachusetts. His home sits on what is known as the Great Marsh, a fascinating patch of wetland shared by Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Sargent received a grant to study some of the rare and endangered ground-nesting birds that inhabit the public land adjacent to his property. Ipswich Marsh is about these birds, but much else as well. Organized by the seasons of the year, The House on Ipswich Marsh features Sargent's trademark interplay of information about the natural world, ecology, and politics. In "Spring, " the reader learns about the geological history of the Marsh; the migration patterns of bobolinks; the courtship flights of woodcocks; ticks and Lyme disease; the mating of horseshoe crabs and the underwater arrival of zooplank Read more Show Less

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"In 2003, Bill Sargent bought a big pink house in Ipswich, Massachusetts. His home sits on what is known as the Great Marsh, a fascinating patch of wetland shared by Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Sargent received a grant to study some of the rare and endangered ground-nesting birds that inhabit the public land adjacent to his property. Ipswich Marsh is about these birds, but much else as well." Organized by the seasons of the year, The House on Ipswich Marsh features Sargent's trademark interplay of information about the natural world, ecology, and politics.
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"William Sargent, who has also written extensively about the world's environment, instead in "The House on Ipswich Marsh" ventures barely a half-dozen miles from his home to discover "a quest that could last a lifetime."—Boston Globe

"Sargent's blend of science, history, and personal memoir will engage all fans of good nature writing, and those fond of New England especially."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584654650
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 2/2/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM SARGENT is a consultant for the NOVA Science series and has written numerous books about science and the environment. Formerly director of the Baltimore Aquarium and a research assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, he has taught at The Briarwood Center for Marine Biology and at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the pink house
Ch. 1 Spring dawn : an awakening 3
Ch. 2 Return of the Bobolinks 9
Ch. 3 Smith Island 17
Ch. 4 Crane's Beach 29
Ch. 5 The Paine House 37
Ch. 6 The matriarch : a time of rapid change 44
Ch. 7 In suspect terrane : a billion years, in one short paddle 51
Ch. 8 Hog Island 56
Ch. 9 Crane's Beach 67
Ch. 10 Autumn migrations 73
Ch. 11 Man and coyotes 81
Ch. 12 Ipswich clams 86
Ch. 13 The deer hunt 91
Ch. 14 Why the New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins : a tale of snow, cold, and mitochondria 101
Ch. 15 Coping with winter 106
Ch. 16 The magnolias of Ravenswood Park 112
Ch. 17 A new view of nature, a new view for Ipswich : the New England biolabs campus 117
Ch. 18 The big night 125
Ch. 19 Local heroes 131
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